Information about the opening of borders between Morocco and Spain

Thousands of travellers are looking forward to the opening of borders between Morocco and Spain to resume sea, air and land connections between the two countries. Since the Strait of Gibraltar is of great economic importance to the region, as one of the most travelled sea and trade routes in the world, the news of the borders reopening is eagerly awaited. It should be noted that in the region, and via ferry alone, a total of 72 journeys are carried out daily between five ports in Spain and four ports in Morocco.

 

As for the transportation of goods, and despite the existing restrictions, some ships continue connecting Morocco and Spain, via the Strait of Gibraltar, thus ensuring the flow of goods between the two countries.

 

FRS is one of the shipping lines that decided to keep the Tangier Med - Algeciras route running, with the goal of ensuring the transportation of cargo and the supply of goods to their clients. They do this while scrupulously applying the necessary hygiene and security measures aboard their ships, ensuring shippers, crew members and ground staff work in ideal conditions.


 

When will the borders between Morocco and Spain open?

 

On the 13th of March, 2020, Morocco closed its air and sea connections with Spain, as well as its land borders with the enclave of Ceuta as a measure to prevent and contain the novel coronavirus.

The sea transportation of passengers between the ports of Spain and Morocco run by FRS remains inoperative. The routes that remain suspended are:

  • Tarifa - Tangier Ville and Algeciras
  • Tangier - Med

You can check the status of our routes on our website or on our social media.

The date on which the borders between Spain and Morocco will open is still uncertain and remains at the discretion of the relevant authorities. When the time comes, we will announce these changes via our social media platforms.

Therefore, ordinary air and sea connections will remain suspended and land borders will be closed. However, since the 15th of July, a special program of flights and ferries authorised by the Moroccan authorities has been in force, on the condition that certain regulations are abided by. In fact, these same rules were relaxed at the beginning of September, granting entry to:

  • Business visitors who present an invitation from a Moroccan company;
  • Foreign citizens who do not require a visa, if proof of a hotel booking is provided at the time of boarding;
  • Foreign citizens residing in Morocco (with a “carte de séjour”) and their families (spouse and children);
  • Moroccan citizens and their families (spouse and children).

 

1. A negative PCR test must be carried out and 72 hours must not have passed from the moment of the test result up to the time of boarding.

2. A negative serology test is not requested.

3. Children under the age of 11 do not need to take a PCR test.

 

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Opening of borders between Morocco and Spain: security measures on FRS ferries

 

Until the opening of the borders between Morocco and Spain, FRS will continue their connections  between Algeciras - Ceuta, as well as the Tangier-Med - Algeciras route for the transportation of goods.

The hygiene and safety measures recommended by the health authorities are guaranteed during all sea connections operated by the company. As well as relying on a specific team to carry out all the anti-COVID hygiene measures, FRS strictly follows the required preventative measures, which are, furthermore, legally verified by independent external entities, as follows:

  • Before boarding, a temperature check is carried out on all passengers.
  • Kits containing personal protective equipment, such as masks, hand sanitiser and gloves, are available.
  • All our ships have appropriately signposted hand sanitiser stations.
  • Seats will be allocated in order to maintain safe distancing.
  • Seats are appropriately separated with safety partitions.
  • There are spaces reserved for families and groups.
  • There are signposted circuits for the movement of passengers on board.
  • Bathrooms are disinfected and cleaned after every use.
  • The cafeteria service has been replaced with vending machines with drinks and food.
  • We have ozone machines to guarantee the air purity on board.
  • Our crew and ground staff are specifically trained to guarantee all anti-COVID-19 hygiene measures.
  • A specific protocol is set for the protection of the passengers in the case of any suspected infection.

Please note that FRS has gained the My Care certification, granted by DNV GL My Care. Before, during and after every journey, your safety is our priority.